What is most needed is excellent scientific and engineering analyses of
projected emissions and spread of Radon from the maximum stored D.U.Listening to self styled environmental activists yelling about the current
super-dangerous 'hazard du jour' is not useful in decision making.
Ask yourself: If depleted uranium is so safe and unobjectionable, why do
companies want to ship it out to the Utah desert instead of storing it in
situ?Utah voters have told our elected officials many times that we
don't want that stuff added to our environment. I sure wish they'd
Utah is the nation's toxic garbage dump. And, our elected officials are
paid well to keep it so. C'mon Utahn's. Vote differently.
I'm not a nuclear physicist, so this may not apply here, but I read years
ago that most other countries that have nuclear plants recycle their depleted
materials to extract usable nuclear material to make more fuel rods. The waste
material is far less radioactive, and due to recycling there is quite a bit less
material to store. Recycling, an important part in handling all other waste
streams in our country, ought to be part of this one as well.
With all due respect to those who have made up their minds and aren't to be
bothered with the facts, I would highly recommend you actually read the article.
The uranium was placed in the ground billions of years ago by who or whatever.
Mankind removed it from the earth (much of it from what is now Utah), and
separated out a portion of it for a specific purpose. The remainder they used
for a different purpose, which included creating thousand of little bitty
pieces. Then they stored those thousands of bitty pieces in earthen-covered
storage magazines in Tooele county, where they currently sit. Now they would
like to combine those thousands of bitty pieces into one central location...also
in Tooele county. The naysayers are essentially taking the position
that it is better to keep those bitty pieces distributed over a much wider
area...essentially saying "The Solution to Pollution is Dilution". I personally despise this position to keep waste "diluted" i.e.,
"spread out" indefinitely.For what it's worth, the
entire 6000 tons of uranium they are talking about would would form a mass about
the size of my SUV and Honda Accord combined.
we need to make sure we are storing all the available kryptonite on the planet
in Utah as well... I wish I could get a government contract to store some of
this in my basement... seems like easy money
Why don't they recycle and re-use these cores? Seems like a waste of good
ammo. They are going to need it if the world situation gets any worse with Iran
and two other unnamed countries.30mm. Sounds like ammo for the
The clue to this being worrisome is in the use of the term" it's less
than" in several instances in the article. Unless it's 100% safe, it
needs to not be stored here. Utah should not be a dumping ground for other
people's unsafe stuff. Remember or research what happened to people of
Utah during the atom bomb testing in the state and the thyroid cancers that
resulted. Just saying....
My earlier comment apparently has been denied because I said we a apparently
can't trust our political leaders. Years ago we fought to keep ALL nuclear
waste out of Utah, but now we have it, and apparently we are going to get
more.I also reminded those who fought so hard for governmental
control over Utah lands, including the national monuments, that it is also the
federal government that is bringing the nuclear waste here. So we have nuke
waste and bombing ranges mixed in with national monuments and oil exploration.
Should we thank our federal government for caring so much for us?
Will this depleted uranium be shipped in the new inland port?
Uranium is a natural element in all sorts of minerals. It is found in granite
rocks like those that were used in the Salt Lake Temple. It is found in
sandstone formations, such as those that were mined near Moab. Much of the
uranium used by the United States originated in Utah. Natural
uranium includes a large amount of isotope U-238, which has a radioactive
half-life of 4 billion years (the age of the earth), and a small amount of
isotope U-235, which has a shorter half-life. To create the first nuclear
reactors and bombs, uranium was processed to concentrate U-235, which could
support a nuclear chain reaction. The remainder of uranium was
"depleted" of the U-235 isotope, and this Depleted Uranium is not usable
in either a nuclear reactor or a bomb. They are LESS radioactive than natural
uranium. Apparently a large number of DU armor-piercing shells for
M1A1 tanks have been in storage for decades at the Tooele Army Depot. They have
not been a hazard to Utahns while in storage there, and will not be a hazard to
Utahns if they are moved out to the western end of Tooele County and stored at
the EnergySolutions facility.
60% potent as natural uranium. It doesn't belong in a water shed that so
many depend on. Once it leaks into the Great basin (Great Salt Lake), it will be
here forever. To my knowledge Tooele Army depot has never had an
reactor. If there is depleted uranium there, it did not originate there. They had to reclassify it a few years ago so Utah would be able to take
it. In times of war, a bomb into the dump would contaminate the
Wasatch front for centuries. It gets hotter. Our leaders should be doing
everything they can to stop Utah from becoming the radioactive dump ground for
They should divide up the uranium and put equal amounts in the states of those
senators and congressmen who have oversight in this area. Why do we have to be
the dumping ground?
Our smart politicians sure think we are stupid. It wasn't that long ago
that we fought the battle to keep ALL uranium waste out of Utah. Then the waste
uranium people offered to pay big bucks if the state would allow low level
waste. Now they think that we will accept even more contaminated materials?
What next, a full blown nuclear waste repository, with thousands of tons coming
by rail and trucks over our roads and railways? Give an inch and they take a
mile!For those out there who were so vocal about the national
monuments, and "protecting our land", where are you now? This is what
happens when we trust the federal government and our magnanimous (cough) state
leaders to make decisions for us.
Two comments:1) much of it is already here, as the source of this
material will be from the Tooele Army Depot. The rest is in Indiana.2)
Uranium, specifically, the radioactive decay of Uranium is what makes the earth
work. There are lots of great articles on how the decay of Uranium fuels the
earth's dynamic systems.
All uranium of any sort should be removed from the earth.